The Morning Wrap: Maha Cabinet Minister Inaugurates Liquor Bar; KV Kamath To Head BRICS Bank

12/05/2015 8:54 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Jayalalithaa was today acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case. This is a big relief to the AIADMK chief that will enable her stage a political comeback and return to the Chief Minister's post.

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Though frequently blamed for being toothless, the Competition Council of India's (CCI) probe into leading cab aggregator Ola for predatory pricing and abuse of dominance could become a landmark case in Indian competition law.

The Supreme Court finally intervened to defuse an escalating one-upmanship in the Madras High Court, after a judicial slugfest between Justice C.S. Karnan and Sanjay Kaul, the Chief Justice of the court, came close to Karnan warning Kaul of 'contempt of court.'

Former head of ICICI bank KV Kamath was appointed on Monday as the first president of the BRICS Bank, a multilateral institution set up by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

A Delhi Police head constable was on Monday dismissed from service after a video of him threatening a woman with a brick went viral.

The government waved the white flag to foreign institutional investors and issued instructions to tax officials to refrain--for now-- from penalizing investors, who haven't yet paid the minimum alternate tax (MAT) on capital gains this financial year.

The NDA government--in its one year in power-- has dramatically scaled monitoring and analysis of social media from previous years and using it as a 24×7 feedback-cum-"advance warning system".

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In a major embarrassment to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a minister in his cabinet inaugurated a liquor bar in Ahmednagar,in clear violation of the Fadnavis government's stated commitment to a future, alcohol-free Maharashtra.

A farmer declared dead by doctors at a government hospital in Tamil Nadu came 'alive' just as he was about to be cremated. When taken to the hospital, however, he died again.

A major reason Tamil Nadu supremo Jayalalitha is free today is because of a 38-year-old ruling by the Supreme Court that finds that the size of her disproportionate assets isn't 'large enough' for her to merit conviction.

Pakistan, where cricket is an obsession, is steadily building its reputation as a nation of international-level Scrabble players, groomed in part due to the country's history of terrorism.

A gateman at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) has complained of being slapped and kicked by Union minister for women and child welfare Maneka Gandhi, for burning dried leaves in the forest.

Opinion


Subir Bhaumik, in The Telegraph, says that developing India's covert action capability to fight terror, is as important as getting the country Rafale fighters and new submarines.

AR Venkatachalapathy, in The Hindu, says that the marriage of high religion and popular religiosity in the cause of politics--evidenced in the case of public support for Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu--has serious implications for democratic politics.

SY Quraishi, in The Indian Express, says that the result of the UK elections shows that the first past the post system is broken and needs fixing.

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